Fonds - Rudolph Nureyev fonds

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Rudolph Nureyev was born March 17, 1938 on a Siberian train on the way to Vladivostok. He grew in Ufa, Bashkir in Siberia and began his ballet training at the age of eleven. By the age of sixteen, he was a member of the corps de ballet in the Ufa Opera and entered the Leningrad Ballet School in 1955. After three years of study, he won a national ballet contest in Moscow which led to a soloist position at the Kirov Ballet. He became a Principal Dancer before defecting at a Paris airport in 1961. He accepted the position of Principal Dancer at The Royal Ballet as Principal Dancer in 1962, partnering with Margot Fonteyn. Rudolph stayed with the Royal Ballet until 1970, when he was promoted to Principal Guest Artist, enabling him to concentrate on his increasing schedule of international guest appearances and tours. He continued to perform regularly with The Royal Ballet until he became the director of the Paris Opera Ballet in 1983, a position he held until 1989. He also served as its chief choreographer until 1992. He choreographed a total of fourteen ballets, including versions of The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Romeo and Juliet. He later began an acting career with roles in the films Valentino in 1977, and Exposed in 1983. He guest starred in an episode of The Muppets television programme in 1978. He also performed with a North American tour of The King and I in 1989. He brought his Nureyev and Friends tour to Winnipeg on April 17, 1990. In 1992, after the premiere of his Bayadère in Paris, France, he received the Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Rudolph Nureyev passed away January 6, 1993 in Paris France.

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The records of Rudolph Nureyev came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Archives as part of a transfer of records from the RWB and were also collected by the RWB Alumni Association.

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The Rudolph Nureyev fonds includes newspaper articles (1979-1990) and obituaries (1993).

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See also the books, Dancer by Colum McCann and Rudolph Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh, not available at the RWB Archives.

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